There are a number of free e-learning packages supported by Darlington Safeguarding Partnership, details and how to access those currently available, are shown below.

**Update March 2020**

Additional resources whilst responding to current health and economic situation with Coronavirus

Virtual College has released a range of free relevant courses and resources around the current pandemic to support you and your colleagues during this current situation. 

Free course - Prevent COVID-19
Free course - A free Infection, Prevention & Control course
Free course – Prepare to save a life (first aid training)
Infographic – How to reduce the spread of infection
Poster – How to wash your hands 

In addition, Virtual college has recently released their brand new Safeguarding Catalogue [external link] of courses which have been written in line with national frameworks and a multi-agency approach. There are over 330 ready to go eLearning courses covering various sectors and topics. Please note you may be charged to access some of the wider e-learning courses. 

Safeguarding Awareness e-learning 

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership provide Level 1 e-learning Safeguarding Awareness packages for Child and Adult.  

Level 1 Child Safeguarding Awareness Workbook [word document]

Level 1 Adult Safeguarding Alerter Workbook [word document]

Completed workbooks should be forwarded to The Safeguarding Partnership Business Unit at Room 208b, Town Hall, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5QT or forwarded to chris.ashford@darlington.gov.uk

The candidate will then be issued with a Certificate.     

MAPPA e-learning Awareness 

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 provides a framework for agencies to work together to ensure the protection of the public from serious harm caused by sexual and violent offenders.  The process is known as Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).  The MAPPA process allows agencies to share information and concerns about the risk an individual presents in a confidential and structured manner and then supports the agencies to work together in the preparation of a detailed and robust Risk Management Plan. 

The e-learning session is aimed at all agencies who work with or support individuals who have the potential to cause serious harm to others.

Click here to access MAPPA e-learning. 

You will need to register by selecting ‘create an account’ and then by creating your own username and password. Both username and password are unique to you so as long as they fit the requirements (as indicated).

PREVENT Strategy eLearning

This eLearning training package has been produced as a comprehensive eLearning course that focuses on the 'Prevent Strategy'.

This course aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It will help you to respond appropriately if you become concerned about a vulnerable individual - whether they are a member of the public, customer or colleague.

Go to the Prevent eLearning Package [External Link].

Completed assessment forms should be forwarded to The Safeguarding Partnership Business Unit at Room 208b, Town Hall, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5QT or forwarded to chris.ashford@darlington.gov.uk

The candidate will then be issued with a Certificate.     

PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) 'Keep them Safe' CSE Training Resource

PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) are providing a free CSE training resource for parents and professionals called 'Keep them Safe'.  It is an introductory online course designed to help teach the signs and impacts of CSE and what to do if you think a child is being exploited. The resource provides a good overall understanding of CSE with links to films and resources as well as e-safety advice. A certificate will be provided upon completion.

Click link to access resource [External Link].

Local Approach to Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation - Multi-agency

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership has developed an eLearning resource to support the multi-agency partnership on the local approach in Darlington to tackle child sexual exploitation.  The aim of the eLearning resource is to support all practitioners working with children and young people in Darlington to have a thorough understanding of the child sexual exploitation process in order to safeguard, protect children from harm and improve their outcomes.

Click link to access resource [External Link]

Awareness of Forced Marriage - Free Training Resource

This free safeguarding course aims to raise awareness of forced marriage and help professionals who have a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults. It explores the warning signs of forced marriage and the right actions to take to help protect potential victims.
Learning objectives for the training are:

  • Recognise the warning signs of forced marriage.
  • Take the right actions to help protect the potential victim.
  • Cooperate effectively with other agencies.

To access the resource click here [External Link].

Female Genital Mutilation - Free Training Resource

A recent study revealed that 137,000 women in England and Wales are estimated to be living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). To address this issue, the Home Office and Virtual College have launched a free online FGM training.

The aim of this training is to provide an overview of FGM and professionals' safeguarding responsibilities in FGM cases.
The target audience for this training is professionals who, as part of their role (either directly or indirectly), have a responsibility for or interest in safeguarding children.
Learning outcomes for the training are:

  • Understand what FGM is and distinguish the four types of FGM.
  • Identify key health risks and consequences of FGM.
  • State the legal position in the UK regarding FGM.
  • Understand how and when FGM is carried out.
  • Identify who is at risk of FGM and describe the key indicators.
  • List some of the common justifications for FGM.
  • Be aware of your role in preventing FGM and supporting those who have undergone FGM.

To access the resource click here [External Link]. 

Understanding Young Minds - Free Training Resource

Virtual College have worked in partnership with SelfharmUK to create a free online course to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children. Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the subject can be uncomfortable. The aim of the training is to provide essential information that empowers and equips parents to better communicate with their children in the issue of self-harm.
Learning objectives for the training are:

  • Know what self-harm is and why young people may do it.
  • Know what makes young people vulnerable to self-harming behaviour.
  • Understand in what ways you can support a young person who is self-harming.

To access the resource click here [External Link].

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) for 16 and 17 year olds

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership has developed an eLearning resource to provide an understanding of The Mental Capacity Act in respect of 16 – 17 year old Children.  The aim of the eLearning resource is to provide information on:

  • How the MCA applies to people who are 16 and 17 years old;
  • The overlap between the Children Act and Mental Capacity Act;
  • What can be done for young people to maximise their capacity to make their own decisions;
  • Deprivation of Liberty and 16/17 year olds –an update on developing case law.

To access the resource click here [PDF Document]